The January StrongTowns/Urban3 visit to the North Bay, along with a concurrent webinar on blogging hosted by the StrongTowns folks holding down the Minnesota office, helped introduce me to other urbanist bloggers in Northern California. Using the momentum from the events, I’ve exchanged business cards, emails, and lunch invitations with bloggers tackling the same subjects […]
This story has its roots in the days when I was just beginning to grasp urbanism. It’s a story about which I’ve offered details here and there during the history of this blog, although the full story can wait until the unlikely day when I write my memoirs. But there are always more aspects to […]
Induced traffic has been a regular topic of this blog, most recently three months ago when I wrote about peak spreading, a first cousin to induced traffic.
But induced traffic, the well-founded theory that road capacity creates car trips regardless of population changes, bears regular revisiting because its implications are a key motivating force behind […]
The High Line in New York City
Perhaps because I wasn’t yet writing this blog so wasn’t yet attuned to urbanist news, or perhaps because I simply wasn’t paying attention, New York City’s High Line sneaked up on me, both figuratively and literally.
It was a sunny Saturday morning in the summer of 2010. […]
Homes within walking distance of downtown Buffalo
In news that will likely come as a surprise to many, the name of this blog is “Where Do We Go from Here?” Seriously, it is. If you’re looking at my home blog site, you’ll see the name at the top of page. Blue letters on a […]
Alignment of the proposed Rainier Connector
Consistent with their goal of promoting stronger, more financially resilient communities, StrongTowns has launched an initiative targeted toward transportation planning. It’s a topic with which I have long familiarity.
A decade or more ago, my since-departed father noted to me that, for the first time in the better […]
Life has been full over the last few days. Encouraging folks in the North Bay to attend the recent Urban Community Partnership/StrongTowns/Urban3 meetings in Santa Rosa, participating in the meetings myself, and beginning the foundation for next steps, all while feeling a bit under the weather.
There’s a need to begin talking […]
Mural in Johnson City, Tennessee
For years, my reaction to downtown murals was indifference. I suspect the lack of enthusiasm came from most murals falling into three types, none of which greatly appealed to me.
Some were heroic presentations of a civic past. I respect our forebears and think they did the best they […]
Pedestrian way along the Grand Canal in Venice
A few months back I wrote about a sudden insight. After a lifetime of measuring travel by number of states and countries visited, I realized that counting cities was more meaningful.
In retrospect, I’m disappointed that I was so slow to get that point. Much of […]
Aerial view of Haystack Landing site
Last time, I wrote about the tentatively-named Haystack Landing, a proposed mixed-use project, with residential over retail, midway between downtown Petaluma and the coming SMART train station. Although I demurred slightly on the architecture, I was mostly thrilled with the project, with my principal wish being that ground-breaking […]